Effective Groups is a skills-building training for individuals and teams. It started with Transition Town Groups in mind but this course is really for anyone involved in social change efforts. Effective Groups is a dynamic and engaging training course which covers key skills for collaboration.
This two-day workshop is facilitated by one of Transition UK’s lead trainers, Nick Osborne. Over the last 19 years, Nick has worked in a variety of management, leadership, training, consultancy or activist roles with a range of organisations including Changemakers, Shell, Amnesty International, the Ecovillage Network and Transition Network. On his U.S. tour, Nick will also be offering Effective Groups Trainings in Amherst, MA and San Francisco Bay area. TCC is honored to be assisting Transition U.S.& Transition Network (UK) in bringing these important communication & collaboration skills to Southern California.
Keeping it Real — Nick’s blend of modern management theory married to his practical knowledge supported by his wealth of personal experience produced a thoroughly practical and yet profound course that provided a significant triple bottom line benefit for us. Whatever your need, Nick will weave magic for your organization.” — Phil Dunn, Sustainable Brampton (UK)
THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU:
· Create systems for teams to work effectively together
· Develop an enjoyable and fair atmosphere to work within
· Make order in the chaos to find freedom within a structure
· Utilize diverse perspectives as an advantage not a problem
· Balance achieving goals with keeping your team healthy
· Manage conflicting needs and paradoxes, within & outside of the team
· Develop the skills & mindset to cross any stormy seas of group process that arise!
The next 50 years is our chance to find out whether having a bigger brain actually is an evolutionary advantage or not. — Bill McKibben
1-day TRAIN the TRAINER: $125 for the 1-day follow-up course (customized for up to 10 participants) ENROLLMENT PREREQUISITE: The Monday course is intended for people who already have training and facilitation skills who want to deepen their understanding of the material and use it to train other Transition Initiatives and social change organizations. Participants in the Monday workshop must attend the weekend workshop and meet criteria which demonstrate they are already experienced group facilitators and trainers.
We have made the cost as low as possible, and there are several partial scholarships available.
For scholarship info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (707) 824-1554.
For more localized information, contact:
Michelle email@example.com or call 310-780-1051
Become a catalyst for a free neighborhood book exchange! Help build, paint, and install a Little Free Library Box to place in front of your own house or office or someone else’s. We’ll have some tools and experts on hand to help you with carpentry. We’ll be using recycled materials – bring some if you have them.
This event is a re-purposing and re-skilling workshop all-in-one! And its fun!
What is a Little Free Library? “Take a Book, Leave a Book.” It’s a box the size of a small cabinet that you can fill with books you are willing to share. Little Free Libraries create a welcoming space for friends and neighbors. When you place a Little Free Library at a community center, church, temple or even in the yard of your own home, it becomes a hub for sharing books and ideas…it can become a fun place to take tea with friends and have nourishing discussions.
Personalize your Library Box to fit your style and message.
This time, we’ll be sharing the basics of bread baking from yeast to feast ! We’ll have all the bread-baking phases ready to demo this afternoon so attendees can experience the entire process of making sourdough loaves from scratch. We’ll finish up with bread tasting & community tea. Bring an apron if you have one. This event great for beginners!
Each attendee will receive a portion of sourdough starter to take home.
RE-SKILLING WORKSHOP: Learn How to Make Your Own Reusable Grocery Bags SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 1-3:30 pm
Join us for a Social-Guerrilla-Sewing Party! It’s partly a celebration of Culver City’s upcoming shift away from single use plastic grocery bags, and partly a chance to pass along some basic sewing skills in a festive, cozy, cooperative setting. We’ll have several experienced sewers on hand to teach how to sew your own reusable grocery bags from a simple pattern. Come start (or add on to) your collection of grocery bags made out of creative and fun fabrics! Beginners welcome, as are experienced sewers w/machines. (Our Time Bank members—Culver City/Palms/Mar Vista/Venice/WLA/Westchester & MdR areas—earn hours if you come with your machine!)
Bring your own fabric if you have some—preferably on the strong side (even used clothing can be repurposed!), and we’ll also have some fabric on hand (many thanks to Anna Burleigh!).
SIMPLIFY THE HOLIDAYS… and have more fun with less stuff this holiday season.
Join us for this creative and experiential workshop and explore ways to make the holidays more meaningful. Enjoy inspiring conversation combined with an “idea table” including templates for craft projects to do at home, and hands-on paper and fabric projects. Learn to make simple gifts such as sachets, homemade moisturizer, and decorated containers. We’ll also show how to make your own giftwrap and holiday decorations from recyclables—fun to create, lovely to receive. Children welcome with supervising adult. Hosted by reDiscover Center, Transition Mar Vista/Venice and TCC.
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 1-4:30 pm
WHERE reDiscover Center, 12958 Washington Blvd, LA 90066
(Use back alley entrance – look for big green sliding gate)
Our Baking 101 workshop at Michelle’s house was a tasty success!
In true Transition style, our goal was to help re-skill people about baking to encourage more kitchen confidence. And in true experiential learning style (Michelle’s background), the afternoon was hand’s-on and exploratory instead of lecture and demonstration so we all dove in to the process. Some participants shared some baking wisdom and techniques while others had their first try at a rolling pin or an “egg wash” glaze.
Flour from a Coffee Grinder
Pulsing the Food Processor
Wheatberries in the Grain Mill
Hand Cranked Grain Mill
Primitive Mortar & Pestle
THE FLOUR EXPERIMENT: First, we found out that flour doesn’t necessarily have to come in a bag from the store! But can we make flour without the help of electricity? (YES!) Does pie dough HAVE to be made from wheat, or what else works? We experimented with making almond flour with a mortar & pestle (actually a Mexican Molcajete made from volcanic rock), a coffee grinder, and a food processor. Many of us took turns hand-cranking the Country Living Hand Grain Mill, turning wheatberries and whole grain rice into fine soft flours. We also had back-up bags of both wheat & gluten-free flours, including sorghum flour to test different blends for our hand pies.
Next, we mixed & rolled out our various doughs and prepared our apple fillings. Here’s the crew in various phases of production.
Filling the hand pies
Shaping the hand pies
Apple Slicing Crew
THE RESULTS: We all learned that basic baking is simple and easy. And also that experimenting is highly recommended! The almond flours were a bit too crumbly for crusts so will require further testing (but will make a great ice cream topping for now!). Some of us added a dab of Marion’s homemade Jalapeno Pepper Relish to the fillings for a tasty kick.
We wrapped up the day with tea and hand pie tasting. There were even a few samples that made it home to loved ones.
All in all, a great afternoon of learning basic kitchen skills, building friendships & community, and celebrating the bounties of life!
We’re getting together at “the Little Blue House” to learn some baking basics while making some simple but lovely Hand Pies! This Transition Town re-skilling workshop is ideal for beginners.
BAKING 101: HAND PIES!
Sat, Oct 13, 2012, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Location: A home in the Culver City Lindbergh Park Neighborhood RSVP for Address: 310-390-3021 or email us
The plan is to experiment with grinding our own flour using various nuts and grains, discuss gluten-free baking, and make fun pie fillings from seasonal organic fruits, berries & veggies. Then we’ll roll out our dough and craft & bake our miniature pies. We’ll finish off the afternoon with a High Tea @ 4 pm to celebrate our creations!
BYO: Apron & fillings contribution (there will be some fillings on hand, but you’re invited to bring something creative from home as well.) A donation for materials reimbursement is welcome but not mandatory.
Hand pies are the perfect portable potluck offering: easily transportable by bike!
TCC will be sharing the reDiscover Center space with the Young Makers as we host our first fix-it workshop! You are invited to come play with our tools and gain some repair skills under the protective wing of one of our friendly Transition Work Party fix-it folks.
TCC Fix-It Workshop #1 reDiscover Center Saturday, June 30th, 2012 11 am – 2 pm 12958 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90066
Here’s what we know for sure we’ll be fiddling with, but feel free to bring in whatever broken object you have that you’d like to take a crack at (with some help of course):
• repairing audio earbuds
• minor jewelry repairs
• fixing a jammed CD player
• re-caning a chair…
• and who knows what else?
While the Young Makers are busy with their Mega Take-Apart Crafternoon for Kids (making kinetic art out of what they’ve deconstructed), we’ll be there to provide another perspective—seeing if we can make broken things work again! All ages welcome with adult supervision.
One of the goals of the Transition movement is to help re-skill the populace, helping spread Do-It-Yourself resilience in communities as we head into increasingly uncertain times. Re-skilling also helps encourage the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Repurpose/Repair paradigm. In the past TCC has hosted repurposing clothes parties, a twilight bike ride to Bikerowave to learn some basic bike repair, on-the-job carpentry trainings while building a chicken coop, and a concrete post installation mini-course at a rainwater-harvesting system installation work party.
Fix It, Don't Nix It!
But Transition isn’t the only group tuned into the importance of building community around learning D.I.Y. skills and finding fun ways to fulfill that goal. The Fix-It movement is gaining momentum on many fronts! Annie Leonard, famous for her funny and informative Story of Stuff animation, just posted a 20 minute audio called Fix It, Don’t Nix It>>
Then there’s online resources like iFixIt.org and instructables.com where you can find easy visual instructions to fix just about anything to turn yourself from a consumer into a “maker”… and Maker Faires springing up all over North America—family-friendly conventions operating under the credo “Make, Create, Learn, Hack, Invent, Craft, Innovate, Build, Play!”
Right in Culver City are our new friends Crash Space who call themselves “a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, artists and people who generally like to break things and see what new things we can build with the pieces.” They’re situated in a storefront on Venice Blvd. and have lots of creative projects and events going on, so check them out! (We think the Young Makers with whom we will be sharing the reDiscover space are somehow related to the Crash Space folks, but we’ll know more about that after June 30th).
Weekly Fix-It gathering @ Proteus Gowanus in NYC
The New York Times ran an article called The Art of Repair about a Fix-It collective in NYC that evolved from an Art Gallery project. According to the article, a tiny room at the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn has become the home to the Fixers Collective, an art project turned community group that meets weekly at the gallery. The collective began as a workshop in the spring of 2008 as part of a yearlong exhibition called “Mend” with the simple, useful premise: people bring broken objects to be fixed, or else come empty-handed with a willingness to help others fix things. No expertise is required. “We call it ‘improvisational’ mending,’ ” said Tammy Pittman, a director of the gallery…. Read the whole story >>
Participate in the cultural renaissance of repair! So come empower yourself by building new skills at the reDiscover Center on June 30th!